D'oscail Café Rua cúig bliana déag ó shin ar Shráid Nua Aontroma i gCaisleán an Bharraigh, Contae Mhaigh Eo. Ba í Ann agus Colleen McMahon a bhunaigh é leis an bhfís bia áitiúil, simplí, agus séasúrach a chur ar fáil do mhuintir Mhaigh Eo. Inniu, tá an gnó a thosaigh siad ag dul ó neart go neart faoi bhainistíocht Colleen agus a deartháir, Aran, agus iad ag leanúint ar aghaidh leis an éiteas céanna a bhí ag a máthair.
D'oscail siad an dara brainse de "Rua" in 2008 ar Shráid Spencer i gCaisleán an Bharraigh. Tá dhá urlár acu san fhoirgneamh seo le delicatessan ar an mbun-urlár agus caifé ar an dara hurlár. Anois, is féidir le custaiméirí na táirgí áitiúla a cheannach dá gcócaireacht féin. Inniu tá 35 duine fostaithe acu sa cheantar agus tá siad ag iarraidh an gnó a fhorbairt tuilleadh in 2014.
Tháinig an t-ainm Rua ón dearadh intí sa chaifé le dath dearg lárnach ann - Rua! "We felt that the Irish word was a strong and unique word to use", deir Colleen, "simple yet effective that reflects what we are about, the best of Irish, local produce, it made sense".
Tá gach rud déanta úr sa chistin agus déanann Rua a n-arán agus a gcácaí féin chomh maith. Tá sé seo aitheanta agus léirithe ag an iriseoir don Irish Times, Catherine Cleary, a d'aimnigh Café Rua mar a "Lón na Bliana" do 2013. Ní hamháin sin, tá áit faighte ag Café Rua ar threoirliosta McKenna "Barr 100 Bialann na hÉireann".
Café Rua was opened by Ann and Colleen McMahon in New Antrim Street, Castlebar over 15 years ago with the aim of producing uncomplicated food using seasonal and local ingredients. The business that Ann and Colleen started is now run by both Colleen and her brother Aran and the ethos remains the same.There are currently two branches of Café Rua, both of which are located in Castlebar. The original café remains open on New Antrim street, and the second branch, Rua, was opened on Spencer Street in August of 2008. The newest branch has two levels and features a delicatessen on the ground floor where it is possible to buy many of the local ingredients that have being used in the café over the last decade as well as championing the finest of the latest food products the West of Ireland has to offer.
The Irish name Rua was inspired by the colour red which was predominantly used in the interior design of the original Café Rua. "We felt that the Irish word was a strong and unique name to use", deir Colleen, "simple yet effective, that reflects what we are about, the best of Irish, local produce, it made sense".
Today Rua employs a brilliant and dedicated team of over 35 people in the locality with plans to expand the business even further in 2014 . Everything is made fresh to order in the Rua kitchens including breads and cakes. This was recognised and highlighted by the Irish Times writer Catherine Cleary in her review of Café Rua last April citing it as her ' Lunch of the year' for 2013. Rua also made it into the McKenna guides top 100 restaurants in Ireland.